Taxes and mitigation funds will benefit the city say developers of "Brookview Village" while city officials contend that one special education student could make the 225 unit apartment complex a losing proposition for the city.
"It is going to be one or two special education students at $100,000 to $150,000 each," said City Councilor Joseph Delano of a scenario that would turn the profitability of the project on its head for the city.
Delano said he was not speaking against special needs students, but that these costs should be considered when discussing the project. He also spoke out against how the project was proceeding during the meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals.
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Brookview Village is a 225 unit "friendly 40B" apartment complex that is planned to be located off of Ames Street. It is being developed by the Gutierrez Company. The numbers presented by "Brookview Village" representatives put the city ahead.
- $306,000 in estimated annual costs to the city.
- $493,000 in estimated revenue to the city.
- $186,000 in net revenue to the city.
- $675,000 in a proposed one-time mitigation payment to the city.
However, city officials have questioned the potential impact not only on emergency services but the schools. Representatives from Gutierrez said the primarily single and two bedroom development would not attract many students based on their research.
As one Zoning Board of Appeals member mentioned, there will be three bedroom units as well.
Members of the Zoning Board of Appeals have requested input from the School Committee but have not received a response.